- The social science research enterprise
- Research decisions and how they are made
- Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies
- Inductive and deductive approaches
- Theory, variables, hypotheses, causality
- Ethical issues in research
- Purpose, function,
- Probability & non-probability types
- Reliability, validity and generalization issues
- Experimentation and Quasi-Experimentation
- Data Collection
- Questionnaire design and administration
- Interviewing techniques
- Case Studies
- Interactive and Internet Research techniques
- Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
- Function and purposes
The course will employ a range of instructional techniques: lecture, class discussion, audio-visual materials, guest lectures, field observation, and term projects.
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on some of the following:
- Term Assignments
- Oral Quiz
An example of one possible evaluation scheme would be:
|Midterm Exam 1||30%|
|Midterm Exam 2||30%|
|Term Assignments (3)||30%|
|Final Oral Quiz||10%|
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Describe and explain the nature and purpose of the social scientific research enterprise.
- Describe and explain the nature of research decisions facing social science researchers.
- Criticially assess the differences and similarities between quantitative and qualitative approaches as well as describe the general strengths and weaknesses of each.
- Critically assess contemporary ethical issues in conducting research on human subjects.
- Describe and explain sampling.
- Describe and explain the relevance of experimentation and quasi-experimentation.
- Describe and explain the relationship between theory, variables, hypotheses and causality.
- Describe and explain the strengths and weaknesses of such data gathering techniques as: questionnaire design and administration; case studies; interviewing; observation; unobtrusive and archival methods; and, Internet-based research techniques.
- Describe and explain the relationships between reliability, validity and generalizability.
- Describe and explain the purpose and function of descriptive and inferential statistics.
Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:
- Bouma, G. & Carland, S. (2016). The Research Process, 6th Canadian Ed., Oxford University Press, Toronto.
- Palys, T. & Atchison, C. (2014). Research Decisions: Quantitative & Qualitative Perspectives, 5th ed., Nelson, Toronto.
- Maxfield, M. & Babbie, E. (2017). Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 8th ed., Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO SOC 280 (3)||2013/01/01 to 2020/04/30|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU SOC 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Justice Institute of BC (JIBC)||JIBC RESM 2100 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU CRIM 1208 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG CRIM 1220 (3)||2008/01/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CRIM 220 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU SOCI 2XXX (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU SOCI 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CRIM 2209 (3)||2011/01/01 to 2016/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CRIM 220 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU HUMA 2XX (3)||2011/05/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU SOCI 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2011/04/30|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO SOCI 2nd (3)||2005/05/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV SOCI 250 (3) or UBCV SOCI 2nd (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC SOSC 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CRIM 220 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC SOCI 2XX (1.5)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU CRIM 220 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|